Benny Davis (August 21, 1895 - December 20, 1979) was a vaudeville performer and writer of popular songs.
Davis started performing in vaudeville in his teens. He began writing songs when working as an accompanist for Blossom Seeley. In 1917, he wrote "So Long Sammy" with Jack Yellen and "Good-Bye Broadway. Hello France" with C. Francis Reisner.
His first success was 1920's "Margie", with music by Con Conrad and J. Russel Robinson. His most popular song was "Baby Face", written in 1926 with Harry Akst. For Broadway, Davis wrote the score for the 1927 edition of Artists and Models and for the 1929 show Sons o' Guns. His career lasted until the mid-1930s. He was voted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Davis died in 1979 in Miami, Florida.
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Birth and Death Data: Born August 21st, 1895 (New York City), Died December 20, 1979 (Miami)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1949
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer, vocalist
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 738 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-20317||10-in.||7/3/1917||Goodbye Broadway, hello France||American Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-24786||10-in.||1/12/1921||Margie||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-26130||10-in.||2/23/1922||Don't leave me, Mammy||Vernon Dalhart||Male vocal solo, with violin duet and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-26448||10-in.||5/2/1922||Angel child||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-27052||10-in.||10/27/1922||Carry me back to my Carolina home||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-27673||10-in.||3/26/1923||Dearest (you're the nearest to my heart)||George Price||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-28170||10-in.||7/11/1923||When will the sun shine for me?||Sterling Trio||Male vocal trio, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-28672||10-in.||10/17/1923||Indiana moon||Claire Brookhurst ; Lewis James||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-29188||10-in.||1/8/1924||Sweet Henry (The pride of Tennessee)||Eubie Blake ; Noble Sissle||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||B-29293||10-in.||1/16/1924||A smile will go a long, long way||Ted Weems Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||B-29494||10-in.||2/21/1924||A smile will go a long, long way||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-29864||10-in.||4/8/1924||Indiana moon||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with violin and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-30575||10-in.||8/14/1924||Main Street wasn't big enough for Mary||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-30918||10-in.||9/22/1924||Nobody loves you like I do||Brox Sisters||Female vocal trio, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||B-31189||10-in.||11/16/1924||Show me the way||Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||B-31888||10-in.||3/9/1925||Oh, how I miss you to-night||Lewis James||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-31923||10-in.||2/6/1925||No wonder||International Novelty Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||B-32077||10-in.||3/10/1925||Yearning (Just for you)||Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||B-32092||10-in.||3/12/1925||Yearning (Just for you)||Gene Austin||Male vocal solo, with viola, guitar, and ukulele||lyricist|
|Victor||B-32095||10-in.||3/12/1925||No wonder (That I love you)||Gene Austin||Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-32714||10-in.||5/23/1925||Oh, how I miss you tonight||Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-33107||10-in.||7/24/1925||Dreaming of tomorrow||Carleton A. Coon ; Joe Sanders||Male vocal duet, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-33158||10-in.||8/7/1925||Who wouldn't love you||Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra ; Joe Sanders||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-33183||10-in.||8/25/1925||Want a little lovin'||Aileen Stanley||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-33202||10-in.||7/28/1925||Dreaming of to-morrow||Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Davis, Benny," accessed March 25, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110119.
Davis, Benny. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 25, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110119.
"Davis, Benny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 25 March 2023.
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Wikidata: Benny Davis - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q1261089
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